Will it pass?
“Bipartisan Group of Senators Announce Agreement,” began a press statement released by the group.
With great trepidation, voters and elected representatives of both parties greedily read through the bill, which will likely face a vote soon in the Senate.
Whether or not the bill will clear the first hurdle- that is getting 60 Senators to vote to pass it- is far from certain, however.
If the bill does manage to pass the Senate, the Democratic Party-controlled House of Representatives may be inclined to follow suit after a spate of mass shootings shook the U.S. recently.
President Joe Biden has indicated his willingness to sign sensible gun control measures into law, though he will likely criticize the bill for not going nearly far enough to curb gun violence in America.
It is a criticism sure to be echoing across the internet tomorrow, and across the insulate echo-chambers of social media platforms tonight.
The bill does nothing to ban assault weapons and does not raise the minimum age required to purchase a rifle.
Likewise, Republicans are scanning the bill for any sign of their biggest objections, namely red-flag laws they argue are extra-judicial, lack the oversight of due-process and could be used against political opponents to stifle political dissent.
Neither Republicans staunchly opposed to gun control nor Democrats enthusiastically in favor of it are likely to be big cheerleaders for this bill. It is the kind of compromise neither “side” is unusually happy with, which is usually the mark of a good compromise.
For the rest of America’s middle majority, this news may bring a bit of relief from the relentless drumbeat of tragedy, bitten partisan acrimony and sensationalistic news coverage.
The two-party political system is something great leaders in American history warned against; but two constantly vying political parties does offer one major benefit.
Anything both parties do manage to agree upon has a much better chance of being in the best interest of everyone.